A very dear friend of mine is wading through a morass of self-doubt and fear. Not the fear that one experiences in an abusive relationship or living in an area where violence is prevalent, but that other kind of fear that keeps us from living to our fullest potential. The fear of failure. The fear of criticism. The fear of disappointment. The fear of losing love.
As I observe and listen to my friend, I am reminded of periods in my own life when fear clouded my hopes and dampened the natural optimism I generally feel. Not knowing what else to do, I wrote these affirmations for my friend based on versions I have used at various points when fears loomed large in my life.
Today, I share these statements with you because it seems that fear has become so pervasive and I know that collectively we can encourage, support and inspire each other to be our truly courageous and amazing selves.
“I am not afraid. I am NOT afraid. I AM not afraid.”
“I do not judge myself.”
“I am not afraid of the judgment of others.”
“I release, once and for all, the need for the approval of anyone other than myself.”
“I do not question my past decisions and choices. I learn from what seemed to have been mistakes or mis-steps in my life, and am grateful for the lessons I learned from them.”
“I celebrate my unlimited power and potential, even in times when I feel disconnected from them.”
“I am as patient with myself as I am with others.”
“Fear saps my strength and wastes my precious energy. I release my fear NOW.”
”I ask for help when I need it.”
“I accept help when someone I trust offers it to me.”
“I recognize that I am always free to choose LOVE over fear. ALWAYS.”
“I KNOW that I am truly AMAZING!”
In the Leave a Comment section below, I hope you will share some of the ways YOU have overcome your self-doubts and fears. Together, we are stronger and even more courageous!
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